Woman Raped Near Belmont Park

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

The rape of a 46 year-old woman in her home near the Belmont park area the night of Tuesday, January 11th has Charlottesville police now taking evidence to the forensics lab in Richmond.

Police say the suspect armed with a knife was in the woman's house when she came home. The suspect demanded money, sexually assaulted the woman, and then took off immediately. Police are still unsure of how the suspect entered the home.

The woman was rushed to UVA Medical Center and has since been released. Chief of Charlottesville Police, Timothy Longo, said “from an emotional perspective, this is a horrific event for an individual to undergo. It's by the grace of God that she was not more seriously physically injured, but certainly the trauma that is associated with an attack like this is simply unthinkable. That makes us work all that harder on these kinds of cases and we'll continue to work hard, dedicate the time and the energy, and the resources that are necessary to bring this case and those others to a conclusion.”

The woman described the attacker as a black man in his early to mid 20's about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a medium build.

Police could not confirm the attacker was the serial rapist until the results come back from the forensic lab. They say there are similarities that fit the serial rapists profile they've tried to be as close lipped as possible about this case since it happened.

“The person responsible for those series of sexual assaults and the person responsible for this incident gets his information the same way you do, so I have to be very cautious about the level of information that I put out into the community that may frustrate our investigative efforts,” says Chief Longo.

If you know of anyone that was in the Belmont park area on Tuesday, January 11th that may have been acting suspiciously, police urge you to call crimestoppers at 977–4000.

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